Exploring student perceptions and expectations of cyber security

Rosanne English, Joseph Maguire

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Designing cyber security modules in Higher Education can be a balancing act. We aim to ensure students develop an understanding of key cyber security concepts such that they are able to contribute to security practices within the workplace. We also aim to develop understanding of more advanced and theoretical aspects of cyber security to meet a range of accreditation requirements and ensure those who wish to go on to work in security are suitably prepared. Additionally, students often have existing expectations and perceptions which must be managed. However, many general computing science degrees address security in isolated modules. As a result addressing these requirements can be challenging in the timeframe available. In this paper we present an activity designed explore student expectations of cyber security classes at two UK Universities in order to highlight the concerns of students such that curricula can consequently be amended to better meet student expectations.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCEP '23
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 7th Conference on Computing Education Practice
Place of PublicationNew York, NY
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 6 Jan 2023
EventComputing Education Practice 2023 - Palatine Centre, Durham University, Durham, United Kingdom
Duration: 6 Jan 20236 Jan 2023

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series


ConferenceComputing Education Practice 2023
Abbreviated titleCEP 2023
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
Internet address


  • student perceptions
  • cyber security
  • higher education (HE)
  • UK universities


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